Becoming Beebe Healthcare
Beebe Medical Center has changed its name to Beebe Healthcare, reflecting the expansive community health system that it has become.
“Beebe has been more than a stand-alone, acute-care hospital for many years,” says Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of the now Beebe Healthcare. “For decades, Beebe has provided outpatient services in many locations, besides the hospital in Lewes. Beebe Home Health Agency has provided care to people throughout southern Delaware since 1985. And our network of physicians serves patients in multiple locations.
“Today, we have seven convenient locations throughout Sussex County where people can receive outpatient healthcare services, including our newest location in Georgetown.”
In focus groups that took place in 2012, participants made clear that the term “medical center” did not describe the scope of services and geographic locations that Beebe provides. To better communicate with consumers, the decision was made to update our name while remaining true to our heritage.
“Changing our name is a major milestone in Beebe’s evolution,” says the Honorable William Swain Lee, Chairman of the Beebe Healthcare Board. “Beebe’s growth into a healthcare system has occurred for years as we’ve taken proactive steps to expand and serve the community. In 1916, Beebe was a two-room hospital. It became a medical center as it grew and offered more medical services. Today, the name Beebe Healthcare signifies a community health system that provides sophisticated medical care across many sites.”
As the population in southern Delaware has grown, Beebe has expanded its services and the breadth of specialized care. A major addition to our continuum of care was open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology, which began in 2007, and, more recently, we added electrophysiology to correct heart arrhythmias. Today, most heart disease conditions can be treated locally at Beebe.
Our history of compassionate caring and advanced treatment for patients battling cancer at the Tunnell Cancer Center has earned respect and loyalty from our patients and their families. And the aging population has benefited from award-winning orthopaedic services, including total hip and knee replacements and minimally invasive spinal surgery.
PARTNERING WITH THE COMMUNITY
Beebe Healthcare remains an independent community health system with a vision of making Sussex County one of the healthiest counties in the nation. Beebe recognizes that it cannot achieve this goal on its own. Partnerships like the Healthier Sussex County initiative with Bayhealth and Nanticoke Health Services have been created to help coordinate health promotion and education. The new outpatient services offered in Millsboro are a collaboration with Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, offering a convenient site for people needing primary care, after hours walk-in care, lab, and imaging.
“Physical access to care is an important first step that we have worked hard to achieve,” Mr. Fried says. “The next frontier in serving patients is true coordination with physicians and other providers working together to ensure the patient receives the right care in the right place at the right time. Beebe Healthcare and its staff of physicians are prepared to be that innovative leader.”
Hospital Quality Study Finds Beebe Healthcare in Top 5% in Nation for 4th Consecutive Year™
Beebe is a non-profit community hospital dedicated to excellence in healthcare. As we grow, we remain focused on quality. In 2013, Beebe, recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™, has been ranked in the top 5% in the nation for overall clinical excellence by Healthgrades®.